Thursday, March 31

Dr. Suess Baby

Every once in a while I can make something, the minute I get a request or idea. Last night was one of those times. My SIL had asked me to make something Dr. Suess for a friend's baby that was scheduled to arrive any day. I had seen this Robert Kauffman Dr Suess fabric at the store a month or two ago and was inclined to buy it but with my growing fabric stash I decided to hold off. By total coincidence yesterday I stopped by the Happiness Is Quilting in Downtown McKinney to pick up some of the fabric. Then last night my SIL emailed to let me know 'Shaun Michael" had been born at 7:17 p.m. and gave me the rest of the baby stats. Well needless to say, I got right on it immediately. Who needs sleep when you've worked 10 days in a row without a day off anyway! I piddled with different designs but in the end by 11:30 p.m. this is what I had come up with. I am so pleased. I am going to be listing this in my Etsy store soon. While the embroidery stitched out, I made the card (yes, a card) to match with a swatch of the fabric and some Heat n Bond adhesive iron on. I love making cards to coordinate with sets, it just makes everything look so complete. This card is 5.5 inches square.

I stitched the inside of the card to add a little interest. The thread looks black but its the same shade of blue/teal from the fabric.

So today, Shaun Michael is one day old and this is on it's way to Lexington, Kentucky! Thanks for stopping by, I'll be taking a nap this afternoon. Linking link parties at: Skip to my Lou Sew Much Ado Today's Creative Blog

Wednesday, March 30

Changing Gears... I mean Color Schemes

Last month while shopping for fabric, I came across a sewing theme fabric by Alexander Henry called "Sew Now". I fell in love with it! I decided that color scheme would be perfect in my sewing area which is a portion of our guest room. So here we go changing color schemes.... So far I have made a cover for my embroidery machine and a cornice for the window in the "Sew Now" fabric. . Here's the embroidery machine cover.... My embroidery machine came with a vinyl cover so I took it apart and used it as a pattern to make one out of the fabric. To add body to the fabric, I ironed fusible fleece to the back (I love that stuff). I used a contrasting black and white polka dot for the side panels and added a black pom pom trim to the bottom. I am pleased with the results... . Now the cornice... The cornice was interesting, I had no pattern and was eager to make it quickly. I used a thin piece of plywood, covered it with batting and then covered it with fabric. I made it large so the pattern in the fabric would show. I took a major short cut by omitting side panels and just hung the board (like a picture) above the window. Yes-- major short cut but I don't think there is a cornice police that will come get me. As far as I am concerned, it works in my book! . Thats all for now, more stuff in the coming weeks. My plan is to change out the comforter, add throw pillows and make a few fun accessories for the room. This will keep me busy for the next month or so. Thanks for stopping by...

Friday, March 25

Earth Hour

Earth Hour is tomorrow. If you are not familiar with Earth Hour, check out their website.

Our city is encouraging residents to participate in Lights Out McKinney! If you are local, check out the website. We're having a flashlight party at our house!

Thursday, March 24

Spring Gardening

I hope you are having a daffodil kind of day!These are some of the 100+ daffodil bulbs Micaela and I planted in one of our backyard flower beds. We planted these late, nearly the end of January right before the February (super bowl) snow we got in North Texas.
This is our second year to plant daffodils, last year's batch in the front yard already bloomed (and I forgot to take pictures). I did not want to miss the picture opportunity for these!
I love this little dog "statue", he's been digging in my flower beds forever. We haven't seen his head in more than 7 years-- there must be a bone buried in there somewhere! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 23

Bird Pin Cushion

I am a big fan of the DIY Dish. They feature Janome machines all of the time. Earlier this week, they launched their 3rd season. They always kick off each season with a pin cushion tutorial and after watching, I could not resist making one of the little birds they featured by Joel Dewberry, a fabric designer who's promoting his new book== Sewn Spaces. (I think I am going to have to get that book)

I am in the process of changing the color scheme in my sewing area and made the bird with a couple of scrap fabric pieces I had laying around. Here is the link to the tutorial. I think my bird turned out okay-- I obviously need a little practice with top stitching on the wings. I feel bad that in order to use this, I am going to have to stab it with pins- eek!
DIY Dish is having a contest to win a copy of Joel's book and some of his cool fabric, be sure to check out their website. Thanks for stopping by...